Last September, Pat McAfee took a leave of absence from WWE to become a full-time member of the “College GameDay” broadcast team. McAfee stated that he would be returning to WWE after the Football season was over.
However, the former NFL punter broke the promise. He only appeared at Royal Rumble PLE and then disappeared again.
Recently, Wade Barret stated that he and Michael Cole would be the permanent SmackDown commentary team going forward. Barret also noted that McAfee has a busy schedule.
On The Marchand & Ourand Sports Media Podcast, WWE CEO Nick Khan stated that Pat McAfee won’t be appearing at WrestleMania 39. However, Khan expects McAfee will return to WWE someday.
“We have no plans to have him there this weekend. The world is his oyster. He’s 36 years old and look at his relevancy factor when you talk to young children. I have two young children, when I talk to them it’s often, ‘McAfee, McAfee, McAfee.’ That’s what’s in the wheelhouse for them. So, if you look at any of the traditional buyers, what do they want? They want a young diverse audience. What does McAfee bring? He brings a young, diverse audience….
He’s looking to have good content and his content has been terrific. So, he’ll determine, ultimately, where he wants his home to be and our hope is that he does more with us.”H/T WrestlingNews.co
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